Recently as parents we have discovered the tasteful world of weaning our six month old. It has been an exciting journey and I am sure there are plenty more bowls of rice pudding to clean up off of the floor.
So, weaning. As the books, websites, G.P.’s and of course our parents say, you can start weaning from as early on as four months if you child is showing the signs they are ready. Of course make a quick visit to you GP to double-check if your child is ready before starting the glorious food journey. We personally waited until Cabbit was around five months. He started showing signs very early on such as watching us eat intently, dribbling loads etc. But we thought it was best to hold off for a while until we felt he was good and ready. One of the main things I have learned as a parent is to trust your own instincts and to not be pressured by others. Do it in your own time, and more importantly in your child’s own time, remember always that you are your child’s parent, no one else is and shouldn’t make your decision for you.
We started with the basics, a few spoonfuls of baby rice pudding. It was such an extraordinary sight watching Cabbit’s tastebuds experience some flavour other than his normal milk. He being our son loved it, and has enjoyed petty much anything we have put in front of him, he has gobbled it all up. He has an extremely healthy appetite and has already developed a few favourite flavors such as apple and pear. (We had a hunch on apple as I craved it loads during my pregnancy).
We do our best to make Cabbit’s mealtimes fun with things like the cool funky aeroplane spoons we use from the tommee tippee range and brightly coloured bowls. We also let him dive into his food with his hands so he can feel the texture of what he is eating. I think pulling funny faces and making nommy noises helps as well. We are pretty sure he enjoys it as he giggles and smiles at us. Come to think of it, he is probably laughing at us making utter tits of ourselves.
So far I am enjoying the whole weaning experience. There hasn’t been too many bowls thrown on the floor (although that will quickly change no doubt) and Cabbit’s stomach seems to be handling solids well. Suffice to say, I am one proud happy mummy bunny.
I am off to relax with the husband, it has been a long day of appointments, shopping, dinosaurs and good food!
Oh! One more thing! This song has been stuck in my head ALL WEEK!